I had a baby 4 months ago and now my hair is falling out in handfuls. What should I do to stop it?

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Cheryl Ann - posted on 03/04/2009

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It happened to me too, until I think when my son was around 6 months... then you'll see tiny little hairs sticking all over... they will grow back, I promise!

Tegan - posted on 03/03/2009

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Mine started last week and my son is 4 months. And my hair has never been so flat and lifeless. I've always had thick, healthy hair and oh, it looks awful ... especially all over the house!

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Summer - posted on 03/03/2014

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It's very common to shed hair after the baby is born! No worries, you'll be back to normal very soon!

Alexis - posted on 03/03/2014

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This is happening to me!! My daughter is 4 months now and I have been shedding hair for the past month non stop!! Tons in the shower and just throughout the day. Reading this made me feel better and I'm assuming it's due to the birth of my child (fingers crossed). Hair will grow back when I had a surgery this happened to me and all my hair came back.... Though it takes TIME!!! But hey that's better than nothing right. I suggest vitamins, protein and prenatal vitamins, biotin as well. :)

Francheska - posted on 02/21/2014

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We were told in Cosmo school that when your prego your hair stops its normal shedding and then when you have a baby it starts to shed again. That's why your hair looks thicker and why you think its falling out. Your hair goes through cycles everyone's cycle is different. Look it up. You know you have the right info if its talking about anagen catagen and telegen phases.

Stephanie - posted on 02/21/2014

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In a not so funny way, this makes me feel soo much better. My once healthy very thick long hair is now dull, breaking and falling from the root. It's all over everything and everywhere! If it wasn't for the fact that I always had enough hair for three heads, I know for a fact I'd be bald. I don't even go to the salon fearing they will over brush it. I've founf hairs in the back of my 3 month olds neck, in her diaper, on her, he sheets...I walk around with my hair in a bun! When will there be any relief?? This never happened with my first baby. I'm super depressed about my hair!!

Ambur - posted on 11/07/2013

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Abby, don't worry. I started losing a lot of hair at about 4 months postpartum. I thought it would never end. It's just part of having a baby. Your hair gets extra thick during pregnancy. Then you shed out all the extra plus a little more after. Then you get a bunch of short little hairs poking up for a couple months. But it works itself out. If you think it is excessive, like bald patches and stuff, go to your doctor and have your thyroid checked. Sometimes the thyroid likes to act up after you have a baby.

By the way, my hair at 1 year postpartum is as thick as it was before I got pregnant.

Abbey - posted on 11/04/2013

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I am now 14 months post partum and mine is still falling out and breaking rapidly. I don't know what to do and this is getting so depressing!!

Abbey - posted on 11/04/2013

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I am 14 months post partum and my hair is still falling out and breaking rapidly. I don't know what to do and this is becoming soooooo depressing!

Jadie - posted on 10/11/2013

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please help my hair is falling out so much when i wash my hair the bath is swimming in hair i dont dare brush my hair cause it all comes out loads in the brush if i run my fingers threw loads comes out theres hair lying all around the house its been doing it for about 2 and a half months now my baby girl is 4 months and keep worrying incase its alepecia or anything serious :( really is getting me down i carnt do owt with my hair its so flat and dead yet it use to be so thick and healthy . x

Emma - posted on 03/04/2009

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yes its normal its down to the way our bodies grow extra hair when preggers, then after as all the hormones leave your system all that extra hair goes it will eventually stop and you will be left with the same amount as you had pre pregnancy. breastfeeding has nothing to do with it. it happens to everyone.

Aixa - posted on 03/04/2009

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Hi, I just can say is it is normal, is your body regrouping after the pregnancy, I think  large percentage of us go through the same thing and it can be scary, I have a 16th month old baby, my hair starting falling when he was about 4 months and it won't stop, so I got some prenatal vitamins to help my body replace minerals and vitamins, since you loose so much, specially if you are breastfeeding, eat well and healthy, and the i cut my hair, which it was very long, I cut it short, around shoulder lenght and although it did not stop falling for few more months, at least it was less scary, since it did not look as bad, noe my hair is back to normal, is healty and growing nicely, so, don't worry. it will be ok

Sabina - posted on 03/04/2009

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I know that but it is a fact that the baby also takes vitamins that it needs through the milk with 4 months baby  has consumed accumulated vitamins during the pragnancy, and also  I am vegetarian and need always iron additiv

Brenda - posted on 03/04/2009

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Hang in there!! My hair loss peaked at 4 months post partum.  Also it has to do w/ post partum hormones...not breast feeding :o)

Sabina - posted on 03/04/2009

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me too I had thick hair and started to loose it after 3 months I know it is a common thing but it was scarry hands, pillows, full of my hair so I bought a shampoo against hairfall and also Prenatal tablets(because of Iron and zinc important for skin andhair) I thought because I am breastfeeding baby needs more of that and I have to little. I dont know if this helped but after a month I loosed less hair and new hair came

Kyla - posted on 03/03/2009

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It's normal. My son is now 5 1/2 months and it's just starting to slow down now. I was pulling handfulls out before.

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The same thing happened to me! I talked to my aunt who is a hairdresser and a mother and she said she sees it all the time. It's caused by hormones and eventually stops falling out. My daughter is just over a year and still breastfeeding (I think that affects it..) and my hair is still falling out. I don't really have any advice, just sympathy :)

Monessa - posted on 03/03/2009

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Mine did that last time, and is doing it again RIGHT NOW!! There are a few things you can do to minimize it, but it's completely normal, especially because of breast feeding. You should still be taking pre-natals which is supposed to help (it didn't help me, but maybe it would you?) Also, eating tuna or taking an omega fatty acid supplement (I'd check with DR) can help... I heard this and ate a bunch of tuna and I did see improvement! Good luck, and know you're not alone in this!!

Alexii - posted on 03/03/2009

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mine did that too, Twice!!! dont worry it grows back and it is a normal part of the post preggie body its annoying and looks funny and grows in and sticks up!!! LOL but at least it comes back.

Debbie - posted on 03/03/2009

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you can't do anything to stop it but please know it is normal, you won't go bald and it will stop. My stopped around 6 months.

Darcy - posted on 03/03/2009

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I do not have an answer for you other than it is normal. I am going through the same thing :-)  I have had this with all 5 of my kiddos.  I think it is just your hormones going back to your normal "pre prego" amount of hair.  Don't worry, it won't all fall out :-)

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